Some together in Brussels

… for the THE LEGAL BIRTH OF NELFA aibsl :)

THE LEGAL BIRTH OF NELFA aibsl
EUROPEAN NETWORK OF LGBT FAMILIES ASSOCIATIONS

Brussels, March 2012

NELFA – the Network of European LGBT Families Associations – will incorporate under Belgian law as an international non-profit association (AISBL) on March 12th, 2012.  Official NELFA headquarters will be located in the Rainbow House in Brussels.

Twelve NELFA founding members from Austria, Belgium, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, the Netherlands, Portugal, Spain and Switzerland will take a major step towards further consolidating NELFA’s work on behalf of LGBT families in Europe.

With 22 associations representing 14 European countries and thousands of LGBT families, NELFA works to ensure that children of LGBT families in Europe are granted the same rights as children from other families. NELFA encourages European countries to adopt legal systems and equal opportunity policies that do not discriminate against LGBT families, be it legally, financially, educationally or socially

NELFA also works to ensure the freedom of movement of LGBT families within the European Union without their family life being compromised by entering or settling in another Member State.

NELFA promotes the exchange of information between its members and assists in creating and in developing LGBT families associations in Europe.

2nd European Meeting of LGBT Families – CATALONIA 2012

From April 28th to May 1st, 2012, NELFA is hosting the 2nd European Meeting for LGBT Families, in Lloret del Mar, Catalonia, Spain, in collaboration with the Catalan LGBT families association, FLG.

The event will bring 800 participants from all over Europe together. The meeting is being supported, among others, by the Spanish Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, the Government of Catalonia, and the Municipality of Figures.

For more information on NELFA and CATALONIA 2012, join our Lunch Reception on Monday, March 12th, 2012, between 13h15 and 14h30, at the Rainbow House, rue du Marché au Charbon, 42, 1000 Brussels (http://g.co/maps/4edpy).

More information on the web:
NELFA: www.nelfa.org
NELFA FACEBOOK PAGE: https://www.facebook.com/pages/NELFA/202256119452
CATALONIA 2012: http://www.familieslgtb2012.org
TRAILER “RIGHT TO LOVE”: http://vimeo.com/29720188
VIDEO “LEGAL JUNGLE: SAME-SEX FAMILIES TRAPPED BETWEEN EU COUNTRIES”: http://vimeo.com/23847001

much more here

LGBT families 2nd european meeting

Welcome. The second European Meeting of LGBT Families in Catalonia joins us together to share our experiences of father and motherhood.

We will be able to share what we do in our daily lives as well as the successes and shortcomings of our respective legislation laws on the protection of our children from LGBT families.

We are an engine of social change. .. We bring new values, such as, equality and respect for diversity, to the definition of the word ‘family’. It is precisely for this reason that such differences in European legalities regarding our families is unacceptable. . In Europe today there are children who have two legal mothers or fathers but there are also those couples who unfortunately have no recognized parentage. Furthermore although there are countries in Europe where LGBT families are largely accepted on a social level, ironically on a legal level, however they are continued to be defined by law as second class citizens.

We must say that homophobia still exists within Europe. But homophobia reduces with social awareness . The main objective of our meeting in Catalonia is to make our existence more visible to them. We invite you then to participate, contribute, reflect, grow, share and join with us to strengthen and give witness to us becoming more visible to the world. So what are you waiting for? Come and have a great time!

(isabel)